(Garden Grove, CA) Under Senator Janet Nguyen’s leadership and with the strong support of the community, Senate Bill 895 (SB 895) was approved by the California State Senate. This historic bill will now head to the California State Assembly, where it will embark on the next stage of the legislative approval process.
“After an incredible amount of work from my office and from the community at large, SB 895 has been approved by my colleagues in the State Senate,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “I share the credit for getting SB 895 over this hurdle with the approximately 14,000 residents who signed the online petition and the more than 600 residents who came to Sacramento to make their voices heard.”
Introduced in January of 2018, SB 895 requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to develop and recommend to the State Board of Education (SBE) the adoption of model curriculum relative to the Vietnamese-American refugee experience. In an effort to secure bipartisan support for SB 895 and to provide California students with a more comprehensive historical picture, Senator Nguyen worked with the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Ricardo Lara. Together, they strengthened SB 895 by expanding it to include the experience of victims of the Cambodian Genocide.
“By expanding SB 895 we are bolstering its chances of being signed into law because it now emcompasses the stories of two refugee communities that call California home,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “There is strength in unity and I hope that the Vietnamese-American and Cambodian-American communities will unite in a unified call for SB 895 to become law.”
Today’s approval of SB 895 is another step of the legislative approval process. SB 895 will now head to the State Assembly where it will be reviewed by new committees. Senator Nguyen will continue to keep the community informed of upcoming hearings where community support will be needed.
Until the committee hearings are set, Senator Nguyen continues to call on residents to sign the online petition available at http://baovecongdong.com. The signatures collected will be submitted to the next committee that reviews SB 895.
Senator Janet Nguyen represents the largest Vietnamese-American community outside of Vietnam and also represents a significant Cham Cambodian community in Santa Ana, CA.